Queen Victoria Hospital helipad project near completion

Lifesaving medical transport expected to begin this spring.

Tony Morabito worked with Speers Construction during the excavation phase ongoing now. Photo: contributed

The helipad project at Queen Victoria Hospital is nearing completion, with only Transport Canada certification needed before it can being accepting landing aircraft. It is anticipated Transport Canada will complete its inspection in March, with certification to come in the following weeks.

Once operational, the helipad will enhance access to trauma services for the Revelstoke region. This will allow for lifesaving medical transport of QVH’s most critical level of patients to a higher level of care as quickly as possible.

Vic Van Isle Construction Ltd. has completed the construction phase, working alongside some generous community construction service donors. The only remaining items for completion are a partially covered walkway to the hospital emergency department, and some work which will be completed once the weather is warmer such as finishing landscaping and asphalt patching. These will happen in spring 2018 and are not required for final certification to occur.

Interior Health will be responsible for daily operation and maintenance of the helipad once it is completed and has received certification through Transport Canada.

The QVH helipad project included both planning and construction at an anticipated cost of $547,000, which combines both financial and in-kind donations. Numerous individuals and community groups contributed to raising funds for the project including: the Revelstoke District Health Foundation, the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District, and the City of Revelstoke Tourism Infrastructure Committee.

See our past stories on the QVH helipad project here.